Pork for Peasants

Total Time
7hrs 35mins
Prep
35 mins
Cook
7 hrs

This dish is reminiscent of my Grandma's awesome Austrian cooking. I got the idea for this dish from a Mr. Food pressure-cooker recipe. I changed some ingredients and adapted it for crockpot. I prefer a slightly fattier cut of pork because it comes out so tender and flavorful. I've served this for dinner parties, and people always ask for a second helping. I serve this with egg noodles and applesauce. True comfort food!

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • 3 lbs pork or 3 lbs boneless country-style ribs or 3 lbs pork loin chops, 3/4-inch Thick
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat, Rendered (I keep a can in my fridge)
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 yams, approximately 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into 2-inch thick slices
  • 3 Red Delicious apples (Use apples that hold their shape when cooked) or 3 rome apples, peeled, cored, and cut cross-wise into three rings (Use apples that hold their shape when cooked)
  • 12 cup cider or 12 cup apple juice
  • 12 cup light brown sugar, Packed
  • 2 12 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 14 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed
  • 2 lbs sauerkraut, drained, not rinsed, squeezed dry

Directions

  1. Heat bacon fat in large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the pork with salt and pepper, and brown for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Place sliced yams in bottom of crockpot.
  4. Set crockpot on low.
  5. Layer the pork, including any pan drippings, and apples on top of the yams.
  6. In a small bowl, combine cider or apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and caraway seeds; mix well and pour over the pork and apples evenly.
  7. Top with the sauerkraut. It's a tight fit, but my 5-quart crockpot lid does close.
  8. Cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
  9. Remove the lid and serve the pork with the sweet potatoes, apples and sauerkraut, spooning sauce over everything.
Most Helpful

4 5

This was exactly the recipe I've been searching for. My mother use to make it with pork spare-ribs and called it Luau Spareribs. I just doubled the amount of spareribs since they have the bone in, doubled the apple cider (because I baked it in the oven for 5 hours at 325F), and omited the bacon fat. Very tasty! Thanks Divaconviva

4 5

Wow! This was really good, though I had my skeptical moments. I didn't read thru the recipe properly before I started, so I prepped everything, THEN noticed that I only have a 3qt. crockpot, unlike the 5qt. one used with this recipe. No biggie -- I just cut back on the sweet potato, only used two apples, and half the sauerkraut called for, but the same amount of liquid and spices. At first I was really skeptical that it was cooking properly, but I gave it a chance, and when I finally stirred it around I saw that it was fine. The second stage was where I thought the whole thing was going to be overpowered by the sauerkraut, but when it had all cooked properly everything was in balance and VERY tasty. Perfect for a chilly fall or winter day! Very cozy...

5 5

This dish was easy to put together and was delicious! I followed the directions, except cooked it on the stove (medium-low heat) for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, I will definitely be making it again!